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  • Ghost Ship, Found

    04/19/2014 2:50:51 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 51 replies
    A German submarine sank to its watery grave somewhere off the coast of South America in 1943. This is the exact moment it's discovered. Secrets of the Third Reich: The Ghost of U-513 The pride of the wolfpacks, German sub U-513, became a tomb for all but seven of her crew after being bombed by a U.S. patrol plane in 1943. The U-boat then vanished off the South American coast, where it was lost for more than 68 years. Now, witness the ghost ship's story through rare archival footage and interviews with U-boat vets, and follow the Brazilian entrepreneur who...
  • Doolittle Raid

    04/16/2014 12:17:41 PM PDT · by Retain Mike · 27 replies
    self | 4/16/14 | Reain Mike
    One week after Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt began pressing the U.S. military to immediately strike the Japanese homeland. The desire to bolster moral became more urgent in light of rapid Japanese advances. These included victories in Malaya, Singapore, the Philippines, Wake Island, and the Dutch East Indies, as well as sinking the British battleships Prince of Wales and Repulse. Only improbable ideas warranted consideration, because submarines confirmed Japan placed picket boats at extreme carrier aircraft range. One idea even involved launching four engine heavy bombers from China or Outer Mongolia to strike Japan and fly on to Alaska. Captain Francis...
  • Japanese Films about WWII Spark Controversy

    04/14/2014 11:57:40 AM PDT · by Saint X · 84 replies
    USNI News ^ | April 14, 2014 | USNI News
    A film about kamikaze pilots has been playing to packed theaters from Hokkaido to Kyushu since its release in December of 2013, becoming one of the top-grossing Japanese productions of all time. In addition to attracting the admiration of Prime Minster Shinzo Abe, “The Eternal Zero” has drawn a fair amount of criticism for being the latest in a string of recent films that mythologize the Japanese role in World War II.
  • ...How helmets, grenades and guns discarded during World War II have been swallowed up by tree...

    04/11/2014 7:50:36 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 31 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 11 April 2014 | Snejana Farberov
    Long after the dust from the last battle has settled, the dead have been laid to rest and the confetti from the victory parade has been swept into the gutter, the nature continues to bear the scars of human conflicts. A remarkable series of photos taken in a Russian forest have been making the rounds on social media sites, showing what happens over time to instruments of carnage discarded in the woods.
  • Rand Paul’s Hostile Takeover of the Republican Party Is Getting More Hostile

    04/10/2014 9:52:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | April 10, 2014 | Jonathan Chait
    Republicans, I come in peace.Until very recently, Rand Paul’s project of insinuating himself comfortably within the Republican Party, and positioning himself as a plausible presidential nominee, had gone along with remarkable ease. Yes, the author of his campaign book turned out to be an unreconstructed neo-Confederate. That was a speed bump. (Who among us has not entrusted the explication of his worldview to a man who has cheered on the assassination of President Lincoln?) Paul had staged a masterful piece of political theater with his marathon Senate speech denouncing the Obama administration’s drone policy. He has assembled a top-tier campaign...
  • Went the Day Well? (1942 movie)

    04/09/2014 3:28:22 PM PDT · by virgil283 · 15 replies
    Tonight on Turner Classic Movies a film named as one of the "100 Greatest War Films" in Britain, "Went the Day Well"--This film has consistent suspense, worthy of Alfred Hitchcock ! It was released in 1943, when the war with Germany was raging. If you're fond of older British movies you'll recognize some fine actors: Leslie Banks, David Farrar, Thora Hird, Basil Sydney, Mervyn Johns. The film is a well-constructed piece of stirring, patriotic wartime propaganda. ....Midnight EDT. .....;
  • Was Eva Braun of Jewish ancestry?

    04/05/2014 1:58:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Yedioth Ahronoth ^ | 04.05.14, 11:37
    Hair samples said to have come from a hairbrush used by Hitler’s long-term lover, Eva Braun, were tested by a BBC’s documentary and discovered to share qualities with the Eastern European Jewish genome. […] The scientists were surprised to discover a specific genome sequence—haplogroup N1b1—within the small group of maternal DNA which is associated with Ashkenazi Jews. …
  • Russia Returns Lend-Lease WWII Bomber Debris to US

    04/04/2014 7:04:15 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 35 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | April 3, 2014 | Andrei Marmyshev
    KRASNOYARSK, April 3 (RIA Novosti) Andrei Marmyshev - Fragments of a US bomber that crashed near the Russian city Krasnoyarsk in southern Siberia during World War II have been delivered to San Francisco, where they will form part of a memorial commemorating pilots who lost their lives in the war, a historian in Krasnoyarsk told RIA Novosti. "San Francisco is planning to set up a memorial to pilots who died during the Second World War. The fragments of the Boston bomber will also be used," said Lt. Col. Vyacheslav Filippov, an aviation officer and historian. "For example, they are going...
  • (Pope) John XXIII and the Jews

    04/05/2014 4:28:39 AM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | April 3, 2014 | Thomas L. McDonald
    Pope John XXIII is pictured in this undated photo. (CNS photo) The press called him a caretaker pope. Elected on October 28, 1958, at the age of 77, he was expected to warm the Chair of Peter for a few years without making any great waves. They could hardly have been more wrong. The people called him Good Pope John because of his genial nature, and few popes have been more loved. His successor, Paul VI, hailed him as “an incomparable pope.” But the Jews had a special relationship with John XXIII, and it is their love for him...
  • World War Two bomb kills seven in Bangkok

    04/02/2014 7:16:14 PM PDT · by fso301 · 56 replies
    BBC ^ | 4/2/14 | Sunaina Gulati
    A suspected World War Two bomb has exploded in a Bangkok scrap yard, killing at least seven people and injuring 19. Workers were using a blow-torch to take the bomb apart and detonated it in the process, officials say.
  • Timely Film Rome, Open City is Re-released

    04/02/2014 6:13:52 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | April 2, 2014 | K. V. Turley
    London just witnessed the release of a newly restored version of Rome, Open City (Roma città aperta).Roberto Rossellini’s Italian Neo-Realist classic emerged from the smashed debris of what was left of the Eternal City as the German armies retreated and the Allies slowly crept towards it.Watching the movie today it lacks none of its emotional punch, not least because of the almost documentary feel of what is being viewed. The pacing and use of hand-held cameras, to say nothing of the city itself as character, all make for something that in many ways hardly seems dated. That said, filmed at...
  • Rand Paul blames America- Partly To Blame For Pearl Harbor, World War II

    03/31/2014 11:04:32 AM PDT · by gwgn02 · 134 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 2012 | Jennifer Rubin
    At the Washington Post, Jennifer Rubin this weekend highlighted a video of Rand Paul speaking in 2012 about sanctions on Iran. In it, Paul disparages the notion of use of force, and for some reason claims the United States was partly to blame for World War II! “There are times when sanctions have made it worse. I mean, there are times .. leading up to World War II we cut off trade with Japan. That probably caused Japan to react angrily. We also had a blockade on Germany after World War I, which may have encouraged them … some of...
  • The Cruel Sea (1953)

    03/28/2014 9:50:24 PM PDT · by rlmorel · 65 replies
    1953 | Ealing Studios
    Opening in the autumn of 1939 just as the Battle of the Atlantic begins, Lieutenant-Commander George Ericson, a British Merchant Navy and Royal Naval Reserve officer, is recalled to the Royal Navy and given command of HMS Compass Rose, a newly built Flower class corvette intended for convoy escort duties. His sub-lieutenants, Lockhart and Ferraby, are both newly commissioned and without experience at sea. The new first lieutenant, James Bennett (Stanley Baker), is an abusive martinet. Despite these initial disadvantages, the ship's company gains hard experience and becomes an effective fighting unit. At first their worst enemy is the weather...
  • John Love, Bataan Death March survivor, dies at 91

    03/23/2014 7:24:42 AM PDT · by DFG · 16 replies
    AP via sfgate.com ^ | 03/22/2014 | RUSSELL CONTRERAS
    John E. Love, a Bataan Death March survivor who led a campaign to change the caption on a historic march photo from The Associated Press, has died. He was 91. Love died Monday after a long battle with cancer, said Gerry Lightwine, pastor at La Vida Llena, an Albuquerque retirement home where Love lived. As a 19-year-old member of the New Mexico Guard, Love was one of 75,000 Filipino and American soldiers who were taken captive by the Japanese in World War II when the U.S. forces surrendered in the province of Bataan and Corregidor Island in April 1942. In...
  • The Crimean Plebiscite - it's the Sudetenland 76 years later

    03/16/2014 6:48:24 PM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 30 replies
    The Thanks Project ^ | 3/16/14 | Steve Berman
    Seventy-six years ago, the “Sudetenland crisis” was the headline in the world’s newspapers. This revolved around the right of ethnic Germans living in what was then called Czechoslovakia, whom it was claimed were living under an oppressive Czech government who banned their language, traditions and free speech. Konrad Henlein, the leader of the Czech NSDAP (Nazi party), led the effort for Sudeten independence, with ever-increasing demands on the Czech government. In reality, Henlein was working under strict orders from Berlin, and when the Czech government capitulated to every demand to avoid a German invasion, the demands turned into manufactured and...
  • Bill 'Wild Bill' Guarnere, of 'Band of Brothers' fame, dies at 90

    03/09/2014 5:35:47 PM PDT · by virgil
    FNC ^ | March 9, 2014 | Karl de Vries and The Associated Press
    William "Wild Bill" Guarnere, one of the World War II veterans whose exploits were dramatized in the TV miniseries "Band of Brothers," has died. He was 90.
  • Song for Today: "Roads to Moscow" by Al Stewart

    03/07/2014 6:25:50 PM PST · by WXRGina · 43 replies
    AlStewart.com ^ | 1973 | Al Stewart
    "Roads to Moscow" World War II history in the song Song on You Tube: Roads to Moscow by Al Stewart Lyric: They crossed over the border, the hour before dawn Moving in lines through the day Most of our planes were destroyed on the ground where they lay Waiting for orders we held in the wood Word from the front never came By evening the sound of the gunfire was miles away Ah, softly we move through the shadows, slip away through the trees Crossing their lines in the mists in the fields on our hands and on our knees...
  • Today in U.S. Military History - 3 March 1945

    03/03/2014 3:29:39 PM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 8 replies
    3 March 1945 - Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, Japan Three Marines and Two FMF Corpsmen earn the Medal of Honor.
  • Naval War College to release Nimitz' WWII diary

    02/24/2014 8:21:07 AM PST · by Coronal · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Monday Feb 24, 2014 | AP Staff
    <p>NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — The Naval War College is set to publish a trove of World War II information as it releases online the war diary kept daily by Adm. Chester W. Nimitz and his staff as the Navy battled Japan.</p>
  • Chester W. Nimitz Papers

    02/24/2014 9:17:57 AM PST · by tomkat · 13 replies
    US Naval War College ^ | 24 Feb '14 | Adm. Chester Nimitz
    The Command Summary of FADM Nimitz was compiled by the War Plans Section of the Pacific Command Headquarters in Hawaii during World War II. It contains daily estimates of the situation, command decisions, and running summaries of communications from December 7, 1941 to August 31, 1945. Naval War College Historian Douglas Smith avers that it is "the most authoritative source on the Pacific War available anywhere".
  • Last Living Medal of Honor Recipient from D-Day Dies – Mark Levin Pays Tribute (Audio)

    02/23/2014 8:52:49 PM PST · by AuditTheFed · 12 replies
    Today's TopClip features a remarkable tribute for a legendary man. Radio legend Mark Levin remembered the life and heroism of Walter Ehlers, the last living Medal of Honor recipient from D-Day in WWII, who died late last week at the age of 92. Rest in peace, Staff Sergeant Ehlers. - TRNWATCH/LISTEN:
  • Iwo Jima Anniversary Remembered Across The Nation

    02/23/2014 7:08:38 PM PST · by kingattax · 34 replies
    WebProNews ^ | 2-20-14 | Emily Greene
    Wednesday marked the 69th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima – one of the worst battles of World War II. Across the nation many remembered this day from 69 years ago. In Newington, Connecticut, a memorial was recently built and is the only flag raising memorial built by survivors of the Battle of Iwo Jima. The flag flown at the memorial is historically correct with 48 stars. There is also sand from Iwo Jima beaches in the concrete base. The memorial also includes inscriptions of the names of 100 men from Connecticut who died during the battle. The 69th...
  • U.S. Museum to Exhibit Bertrand Russell's 'Be Nice to Hitler' Letter

    02/23/2014 11:15:29 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Feb. 20, 2014
    Museum of Tolerance buys British Nobel Prize-winning philosopher's letter in which he said the British should invite Adolf Hitler to dinner rather than fight.The Los-Angeles-based Museum of Tolerance has acquired a 1937 letter written by Bertrand Russell in which the Nobel Prize-winning philosopher says if the Nazi army invades his native England the British should invite Adolf Hitler to dinner rather than fight. The museum, part of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, announced Wednesday that it paid $4,000 for the letter at a London auction last month. "If the Germans succeed in sending an invading army to England we should do...
  • Today In U.S. Miiltary History 20 February 1945 - Pfc. Jack Lucas, USMC (MOH)

    02/20/2014 6:15:54 PM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 17 replies
    20 February 2014 | Self
    Pfc. Jacklyn Harold Lucas, USMCR (MOH) From Today in U.S. Military History: 20 February 1945 – Iwo Jima, Japan Citation: "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with the First Battalion, Twenty-sixth Marines, Fifth Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands 20 February 1945. While creeping through a treacherous, twisting ravine which ran in close proximity to a fluid and uncertain front line on D-plus+1 Day, Private First Class Lucas and three other men were suddenly ambushed by a hostile...
  • Iwo Jima’s Marines: still showing today’s “youth voters” what the real price of freedom is

    02/19/2014 9:40:28 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 23 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 2/19/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    In the summer of 1965 Marine Corps Boot camp training included the boast “If it weren’t for the Marine Corps you’d be speaking Japanese.” It was true then and it is still true today. Sixty nine years ago waves and waves of eighteen and nineteen year old Marines, waded ashore on Iwo Jima to defeat the Japanese and help win the war in the Pacific on American terms. They fought to keep us from being the slaves of the Japanese and being forced to end up “speaking Japanese.” By mid- February 1945 Franklin Roosevelt knew Americans were running out of...
  • Protest to Vatican over intent to declare Stepinac saint

    02/16/2014 4:18:32 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 37 replies
    TANJUG ^ | February 14, 2014 | Tanjug
    ZAGREB - Alen Budaj, an associate of the Jerusalem-based Simon Wiesenthal Center, has said that the coutries that are legal successors to the former Yugoslavia, Serbia in particular, must send a strong diplomatic protest to the Vatican over its intention declare Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac a saint. The Vatican has officially confirmed that Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac will soon be declared a saint. Immediately upon the entering of the Germans in Zagreb, on April 10, 1941, Stepinac supported the establishment of the Independent State of Croatia (ISC), which was declared a state by the Ustasha (Croatian fascist movement), and in 1945, he...
  • What the Monuments Men Wrought

    01/29/2014 10:56:06 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 21 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 1-28-14 | Lynn H. Nichols
    In the next few days "The Monuments Men," directed by George Clooney and boasting an all-star cast, will be previewed in staid and upper-crust locations such as the National Gallery of Art and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government before being released nationally on Feb. 7. This makes sense, for the film is about a small group of art professionals, many of them from Ivy League colleges and top U.S. museums, who, in the last days of the war and well after the surrender of Germany, secured and preserved millions of European cultural objects looted by the Nazis and returned them...
  • German Newspaper Publishes Top Nazi's Letters (Audio of Himmler Speech Glorifying Holocaust)

    01/26/2014 1:21:54 PM PST · by lbryce · 101 replies
    AP Via Yahoo News ^ | KIRSTEN GRIESHABER
    One black-and white photo shows Heinrich Himmler on an idyllic family outing, holding his wife's hand while his blond, pigtailed daughter is picking flowers. Others show the SS Nazi leader feeding a little fawn or taking a bath at Lake Tegernsee near his home in Bavaria. The family-friendly, intimate scenes are part of a previously unseen collection of photos, recipe books and about 700 letters and notes believed to be written by Himmler, one of the Nazis most responsible for the Holocaust. Excerpts from the collection appeared in seven full pages of the German paper Welt am Sonntag on Sunday....
  • Return to Makin Island - Semper Fidelis

    01/21/2014 4:21:05 PM PST · by DariusBane · 11 replies
    Liveleak.com ^ | MadMan66
    True story of the recovery of 19 US Marines Killed in Action on Makin Island in WWII and their return home to Arlington National Cemetery 58 years later.
  • The Minnesota starvation experiment

    01/20/2014 11:12:53 AM PST · by Sawdring · 27 replies
    BBC ^ | 19 January 2014 | Janet Ball
    In 1944, 26-year-old Marshall Sutton was a young idealist who wanted to change the world for the better. As a conscientious objector and Quaker, he refused to fight in the war but he still craved the chance to help his country. "I wanted to identify with the suffering in the world at that time," he says. "I wanted to do something for society. I wanted to put myself in a little danger." That danger came, unexpectedly, in the shape of a small brochure with a picture of children on the front. "Will you starve that they be better fed?" it...
  • WWII’s Strangest Battle: When Americans and Germans Fought Together

    01/19/2014 5:43:24 PM PST · by Jacob Kell · 49 replies
    War history Online ^ | January 19, 2014
    Days after Hitler’s suicide a group of American soldiers, French prisoners, and, yes, German soldiers defended an Austrian castle against an SS division—the only time Germans and Allies fought together in World War II. Andrew Roberts on a story so wild that it has to be made into a movie. The most extraordinary things about Stephen Harding’s The Last Battle, a truly incredible tale of World War II, are that it hasn’t been told before in English, and that it hasn’t already been made into a blockbuster Hollywood movie. Here are the basic facts: on 5 May 1945—five days after...
  • Japan WWII soldier who hid in jungle until 1974 dies

    01/17/2014 11:30:29 AM PST · by Anton.Rutter · 47 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Jan. 17, 2014 | Jiji Press/AFP/File
    A Japanese soldier who hid in the Philippine jungle for three decades, refusing to believe World War II was over until his former commander returned and ordered him to surrender, has died in Tokyo aged 91. Hiroo Onoda waged a guerilla campaign in Lubang Island near Luzon until he was finally persuaded in 1974 that peace had broken out, ignoring leaflet drops and successive attempts to convince him the Imperial Army had been defeated. (AFP)
  • World War II in Europe Every Day (fascinating timelapse)

    01/11/2014 3:49:14 PM PST · by doug from upland · 18 replies
    youtube ^ | 1-2014 (orig Aug 2013)
    I think you will enjoy this visual of land conquest
  • This Man Chased A Nazi Fighter Plane Under The Eiffel Tower

    01/07/2014 3:11:19 AM PST · by expat1000 · 10 replies
    Jalopnik H/T The Ace of Spades ^ | Jan 3, 2014 | PATRICK GEORGE
    Today, people on two continents mourn the death of 92-year-old William Overstreet Jr. He was a resident of Roanoke, Virginia, a retired accountant, and like many men from his generation, a veteran of World War II. And in the spring of 1944, Overstreet did something people in France and the U.S. still talk about. Follow the link to find out what he did ;-)
  • History stutters when repeating itself. What it tells us is clear only if we pay attention.

    01/06/2014 12:31:28 PM PST · by DanMiller · 2 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | January 6, 2013 | Dan Miller
    Unless we read and understand history we lack sufficient knowledge to avoid repetition of its worst events. Barbara TuchmanMultiple tips of the hat to NEO at Nebraska Energy Observer for calling my attention to this video of which I had previously been unaware. Is the video one hundred percent faithful to Barbara Tuchman's book titled Guns of August? Videos rarely if ever are and this video goes well past August of 1914, the first month of the war, and the events leading up to it. Still, it presents her theses reasonably well.It's an hour and forty minutes long -- shorter than...
  • WWII fighter pilot who flew THROUGH the Eiffel Tower to take down a German plane dies in Virginia

    01/04/2014 9:03:39 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 55 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | UPDATED: 20:45 EST, 3 January 2014
    A World War II fighter pilot who gained fame for dramatically flying beneath the Eiffel Tower's arches to take down a German aircraft has died aged 92. William Overstreet Jr. died on Sunday at a hospital in Roanoke, Virginia, according to his obituary, but there was no indication of the cause of his death. Overstreet's famously flew his P-51C 'Berlin Express' beneath the Eiffel Tower in Nazi-occupied Paris in 1944, which has been credited with lifting the spirits of French Resistance troops on the ground. For his valiant service, the French ambassador to the United States presented Overstreet with France's...
  • The greatest raid of all...

    01/03/2014 4:33:31 PM PST · by Vanders9 · 19 replies
    BBC ^ | 01/27/13 | Jeremy Clarkson
    THE GREATEST RAID OF ALL "What a story it is, straight out of a Commando comic book." the guardian Jeremy Clarkson tells the story of one of the most daring operations of World War II -- the Commando raid on the German occupied dry dock at St. Nazaire in France on 28th March 1942.
  • Rare color footage From World War 11

    01/03/2014 3:41:06 PM PST · by navysealdad · 43 replies
    Footage showing surrendering troops to US Army. southern Bohemia, Czechoslovakia 1945. Isn't strange that some Germans still carry weapons when surrendering plus a few shots from Prague.
  • Mysterious markings on Japanese kamikaze flying bomb baffle museum experts

    01/02/2014 1:44:59 PM PST · by virgil283 · 65 replies
    dailymail ^ | 2 January 2014 | Hugo Gye
    "A museum is appealing for experts to help them decipher mysterious codes written on the side of a World War Two kamikaze plane....The model held by the Fleet Air Arm Museum is believed to have been captured by Allied troops in the Pacific....They were fixed to the underside of bomber planes, before being flown up to a height of 12,000ft and released. The vessels would be piloted by suicide pilots, who aimed for Allied ships and would inevitably die on impact. They could travel unaided for 21 miles, reaching a maximum speed of 475mph. Only 800 of the aircraft were...
  • WWII veteran William Overstreet Jr. celebrated for flight in France (under Eiffel Tower in dogfight)

    01/02/2014 11:36:14 AM PST · by Perseverando · 54 replies
    The Roanoke Times ^ | December 31, 2013 | Tiffany Holland
    Roanoke lost one of its most decorated World War II veterans last weekend. Former fighter pilot William Overstreet Jr., famous for flying beneath the arches of the Eiffel Tower while chasing a German aircraft during the war, died Sunday afternoon. He was 92. Overstreet was awarded hundreds of medals for his service in the 357th squadron of the U.S. Army Air Forces, according to his obituary for Oakey’s Funeral Home. One of his greatest honors was receiving France’s Legion of Honor by the French ambassador to the U.S. in 2009 at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford. At the ceremony,...
  • NBC New Year’s Eve Mocks Pearl Harbor Survivors As Only Able to Chew SpaghettiOs

    01/01/2014 10:47:00 AM PST · by Nachum · 35 replies
    newsbusters ^ | 1/1/14 | Noel Sheppard
    On Pearl Harbor Day, Campbell’s got in a lot of trouble when it tweeted out a picture of its SpaghettiOs mascot holding an American flag and asking people to "take a moment to remember #PearlHarbor with us." On NBC’s “New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly,” actress and comedienne Natasha Leggero disgustingly joked, “It sucks that the only survivors of Pearl Harbor are being mocked by the only food they can still chew” (video follows with transcript and commentary):
  • 94 Year Old WW II Vet Still Performs Flag-Bearing Duties to Honor Vets

    01/01/2014 5:25:55 AM PST · by gooblah · 4 replies
    Big Peace ^ | january 1 2014 | Edwin Mora
    Quentin De Nio, a 94 year old WW II veteran, still carries his white U.S. Army flag to honor soldiers buried at the Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, according to a news report.
  • December 16th, 1944: The Bulge

    12/16/2013 6:30:04 AM PST · by OKSooner · 98 replies
    Various sources ^ | 12-16-2013 | Vanity
    Sixty nine years ago, the largest land battle ever fought by the US Army started today. Do you know anyone who was there? Or maybe someone from your family was there and didn't come back, or came back changed in some way?
  • The Heroic Parachuting Dogs of D-Day

    12/19/2013 8:49:09 AM PST · by rktman · 18 replies
    io9.com ^ | 12/18/2013 | George Dvorsky
    On the eve of the Normandy invasion, three planes carrying the members of Britain's 13th Battalion took off for France. In addition to the 60 men aboard, each plane carried one dog. The story of how these paratrooping canines got there — and what happened next — is nothing short of remarkable. Lazar Backovic has penned a fascinating article for Spiegel Online chronicling the brief but astounding story of Britain's parachuting dogs, or "paradogs." Much of the information in the article was drawn from a recent book written by Andrew Woolhouse, 13 - Lucky for Some: The History of the...
  • Belzec: The Forgotten Camp

    12/09/2013 4:05:44 PM PST · by Former Fetus · 62 replies
    Virtual Jerusalem ^ | 12/9/2013 | Rabbi Shaul Rosenblatt
    I wanted to go to Belzec (pronounced Biwzhets) because no one really does. One million Jews died there in the span of nine months - and hardly anyone knows about it. I felt it was a pilgrimage to a holy site: the second largest (after Treblinka) Jewish graveyard in history. Mike Tregenza was my guide. He is a non-Jewish, English historian who lectures at Lublin university. According to Sir Martin Gilbert, he is the world expert on Belzec. Belzec is a sleepy little hamlet in southeast Poland. A few thousand people live there. All seem to be related in some...
  • Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941: Major victory for Japan

    12/08/2013 3:25:13 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 47 replies
    communities.washingtontimes ^ | December 6, 2013 | Dennis Jamison
    The sinister surprise attack against the naval base at Pearl Harbor by the Japanese Imperial Military is recognized by historians as one of the most successful sneak attacks in military history. While many Americans initially thought the Empire of Japan intended to attack the United States mainland – Californians along the coastal areas felt especially vulnerable – the real targets were in Southeast Asia: Hong Kong, Siam, Malaya, Thailand, and the Philippines, as the first of many. The attack upon the naval base at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, shocked America and the world. While Americans were still reeling,...
  • Greenfield: A Date That Will Live Forever in Infamy

    12/07/2013 7:27:28 PM PST · by Louis Foxwell · 9 replies
    Saturday, December 07, 2013 A Date That Will Live Forever in Infamy Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog Naval Base Bombed, Shinto Worshipers Fear Backlash - New York Times - December 8 1941 A day after planes passed over their peaceful village on the way to attack the Naval Station at Pearl Harbor, local fishermen are still picking up the pieces. "I don't know what any of this is about," a man who would only give his name as Paji said, holding the remains of a net which he had used to earn a living. "All I...
  • Two nuns honored for hiding Jewish families in WWII

    12/07/2013 2:11:41 PM PST · by NYer · 1 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | December 6, 2013 | Alberto Carosa
    A portrait of Blessed Mary Elisabeth Hesselblad Reaching out to the marginalized was and is one of the great charisms of the Bridgettine Order, as evidenced by an event at Rome’s Casa di Santa Brigida on November 14, 2013, when the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Institute gave two medals to the present abbess general of the order, Mother Tekla Famiglietti, in memory of Blessed Mother M. Elisabeth Hesselblad and Servant of God Mother M. Ricarda Beauchamp Hambrough. The medals were in recognition of what the two sisters did for two Jewish families during World War II. Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical...
  • Japan's WW II super-submarine found scuttled off Hawaii

    12/03/2013 8:27:28 PM PST · by Utilizer · 65 replies
    cbcnews ^ | Posted: Dec 03, 2013 10:29 AM ET | Thomson Reuters
    Scientists plumbing the Pacific Ocean off the Hawaii coast have discovered a Second World War era Japanese submarine, a technological marvel that had been preparing to attack the Panama Canal before being scuttled by U.S. forces. The 122-metre "Sen-Toku" class vessel — among the largest pre-nuclear submarines ever built — was found in August off the southwest coast of Oahu and had been missing since 1946, scientists at the University of Hawaii at Manoa said. The I-400 and its sister ship, the I-401, which was found off Oahu in 2005, were able to travel one and a half times around...
  • Babe Heffron - R.I.P.

    12/03/2013 5:35:26 PM PST · by Peter W. Kessler · 9 replies
    Marcus Brotherton ^ | 12/3/13 | Marcus Brotherton
    Babe Hefforn, immortalized in "Band of Brothers," has passed away. Click link.